- San Juan Mayor slams Trump, says he is partaking in “genocide”
- Trump fires back
- History shows that Jones Act was never relevant
- Gov. of Puerto Rico praises Trump
- Obama and former Presidents meet, prior to Jones Act agenda failure and Mayor’s “genocide” claim
On the outside, it appears that President Donald Trump has left Puerto Rico to hang in the balance after a large-scale hurricane (Maria) left the island in shambles. After this morning’s Twitter rant by the President, the evidence certainly seems to be mounting. Trump went on a tirade, lashing out at San Juan’s mayor, Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto.
This seemed to be a reaction to Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto’s sudden condemnation of the Trump administration’s relief efforts.
The mayor claimed that “what we are going to see is something close to a genocide”. As per the usual, the term “genocide” is being misapplied on an all too frequent basis when it comes to making the Trump administration seem as though they are relevant to NAZI-like functions. It is, of course, an insult to those who have suffered the consequences of true genocide. Whenever I hear this term applied to Trump, it often causes me to put up my politicizing radar (for lack of a better word). This does not mean I’m siding with Trump or that I believe that the Mayor is out of line and without any justification, I do however think, as per the usual with Trump dramas, we need to look deeper.
One thing is certain, liberals are begging for a “Katrina” type event to occur under the Trump Presidency. Their desperation, which is a direct result of their complete lack of a worthwhile candidate, has their political strategy reliant on salacious Trump failures and promoting things like “genocide” as an attribution to Trump’s agenda.
But let’s look a bit closer.
The Jones Act Dramas
To me, this is where this saga originates. The Jones Act was supposed to be a homerun for liberals. The Jones Act requires that only U.S. ships serve the needs of places such as Puerto Rico. The liberals pitched an idea that the Jones Act was causing a slower relief effort. Essentially, Trump was on the hook for not allowing any ship to bring in relief. Trump waved the Jones Act days ago, he also stated he didn’t want it in place but was dealing with shipping corporations over the matter who were hesitant to wave it. But that’s not the meat of this, because if it were, then liberals might have a point. And that’s the issue, they simply do not have a point.
“It is an act of justice. It will allow Puerto Ricans to rebuild and to have a cost of living that really frankly is affordable,” Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, said on CNN on Thursday.
So essentially, this 1920 maritime law (yes, how many Presidents have we had since 1920?) was apparently the total justification for Trump/Puerto Rico outrage. Trump lifted the act temporarily during Hurricanes Harvey and Maria. The Jones Act is a labor law that protects the shipping industry. John McCain, who was one of the first “deep staters” to attack the Jones Act and Trump, has a history of defiance against the act. Fair enough. The Jones Act may raise the cost of U.S. shipping goods to Puerto Rico, but Trump didn’t enact this. The Jones Act was alive and well during Obama’s tenure as President.
The Jones Act can’t be lifted with simplicity, it must come directly from the Defense Secretary or else it faces a pile of paperwork. But here’s the thing: Lifting the Jones Act does nothing to help Puerto Rico. The Jones Act does not prevent relief goods from other nations from coming to Puerto Rico. The Jones Act is a domestic scenario, not foreign. There are plenty of ships that can and have traveled to the devastated island, however, the damage is so bad it is difficult for the ships to make it as far as needed.
The Jones Act is actually a bit liberal, in a sense, as it makes sure that sailors can get proper medical treatment for any injuries they may sustain. If the Jones Act does inflate costs of goods imported to Puerto Rico from the United States, this is a liberal ideology at play. And additionally, this is a humanitarian crisis where federal funding has taken over. They aren’t paying for these goods. None of the logic floated by the herd regarding the Jones Act’s harming of Puerto Rico’s relief efforts is logical.
“The only way to fix long-term the situation in Puerto Rico is through statehood,” says Jose Fuentes, chairman of the Puerto Rico Statehood Council.
Now, how long has Puerto Rico not been an official state? I’d say much longer than Trump has been President (clearly). It was an unincorporated territory that was subject to the “evil Jones Act” during Obama’s tenure. Where was the outrage then? We’ve only decided to experience outrage after a major catastrophic hurricane pummelled the island? Wait, hasn’t Puerto Rico always been subject to the potential of major hurricanes?
Here’s what has happened…
Here’s the Governor of Puerto Rico praising Trump’s efforts.
“And do you think it’s enough?” The View’s Sara Haines asked. Clearly, she is trying to bait the governor. But it doesn’t go as planned.
“Here’s the two components we need to consider,” said Gov. Ricardo Rosselló. “The president has been in contact with me almost on a daily basis. So he is aware of the devastation, and I thank him for issuing pre-land emergency declarations. He has also given instructions to FEMA and other federal agencies to help Puerto Rico.”
Next, on September 26th, some of the Deep State’s finest gathered for a photo opportunity to push their own Puerto Rico agenda.
Once the Jones Act narrative failed to stick with liberals on social media (the idea that liberals didn’t understand the Act actually began to work in favor of the truth) there was an opening to continue the outrage. More accurately, I’d say a political “need” to continue the outrage.
Would it be so completely outlandish to consider that Puerto Rico is now an active participant in anti-Trump deep state activity? Of course, a monster-sized hurricane detonated on a tiny island, damage has been done. But where has Trump failed? That’s the key component here. Why suddenly are terms such as “genocide” being waged against the President? It could be pent-up frustrations built from living on a powerless island. Or it could be that the deep state and swamp are aligned to use any narrative they can as a proxy war on Trump.
It seems now that proxy is Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto. And she fits the narrative perfectly. A female managing a large-scale catastrophe on an island with little ability to transmit the reality of the situation to the herd. And a clear willingness to attach non-relevant terms, such as “genocide,” to the President.
When we speak of politicizing Hurricane Maria’s devastation on Puerto Rico, we might start with the island’s own governing bodies first. Sadly, saying such leaves you exposed to a liberal backlash that’s too indoctrinated to see the truth. Should Trump have made the Tweets he made this morning? No, probably not. But that doesn’t take away from the antagonistic approach that Soto took prior to Trump’s reaction. It seemed unwarranted and not based in fact. And that leaves me to wonder what’s really happening here and especially, who is truly politicizing catastrophe while people struggle to rebuild their lives.
Author: Jim Satney
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